Henley arts trail:
Henley Arts Trail has developed into a showcase of the finest local artistic talent. A regular feature of the cultural and social calendar of Henley on Thames and the villages that surround it. New to the area, I joined the Twyford arts group display & on Sunday we welcomed the Prime minister, Teresa May to our venue.
UK House & Garden magazine feature:
I decided to collaborate with the House & Garden magazine. I am an avid believer of celebrating hand made art in the home. I love gardens. I think no garden is complete without a main focal point, but it can often be difficult to find the right idea. Many garden owners favour a beautiful sculpture for their garden, selected with both the context of plants and landscape and the tastes of those using the garden in mind.
Whether you live in a country house set upon acres of land, or a small suburban home with a shady garden, there will be a sculpture that will be able to completely change the way you look at your garden.
I think placing one of my sculptures on a rustic plinth creates a stylish, rough and ready effect that makes the perfect statement.
Returning to Australia for a short visit after three years in Europe, Dawn Conn teams up with local artist Fiona Chivers to present the “Halcyon Days” exhibition focusing on a time that was idyllically happy & peaceful.
I played tribute to my Mum in this exhibition. A woman best described as hardworking, independent and proud. It is only in recent years with the onset of her Alzheimer’s that her Mother has found comfort & peace in the memories of her youth. Memories we can all relate to governed by simplicity, joy and curiosity. It has also been my Mum’s Alzheimer’s that has made her reflect on her own dreams. The dreams I have cast aside in the place of fear, which is all too common.
My latest swimming girls are the exceptions all taking the first step into the unknown. Lovingly handcrafted, these girls are the epitome of woman. Beautiful and strong, and celebrating a woman’s natural curves. Each has their own narrative and emotional connection, that touch the free spirit in us. I invited you to take a trip down memory lane – perhaps, reminiscence in your childhood memories or find inspiration to take your own leap into the unknown.
Henley festival, Oxfordshire, UK
Back to the festival for another year. Loved being part of this boutique black-tie 5 day event. Henley Festival’s is great supporter of independent artists.
My collection focused on the theme of ‘wonderland’ - I created pieces with a hint of the unusual, a dose of the playful and a sprinkle of happiness to permeate my sculptures.
Bloom in the park festival, dublin, Ireland
New bronze swimmer is ready.
The 'liberty' swimmer embodies the sensation of freedom, of the feminine spirit taking flight in the direction that she has always meant to go in.
To be launched at the "Bloom festival", (31 May to 4 June) Phoenix park, Dublin.
Sunrise photos taken at the iconic 'forty foot' swimming spot in Dublin.
Launched @ doorway gallery, dublin
Thrilled to have my sculptures now available @: 'The Doorway Gallery', 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin
"Waters edge" was reserved on the first day in the gallery. Please feel very welcome to visit the gallery.
may you never be too old to search the skies on Christmas eve. 'Amélia' will be part of the Christmas exhibition @ the 'The Narrow Space' gallery, Clonmel, Tipperary.
Remember when you were a child and that feeling of wonderment and excitement in simple pleasures.
As we get older, with decades of living under our belt, we can lose our energy, swagger & spirit along the way.
My wish is that my swimmer girl, who is ‘ready to dive into the ocean of life,’ will reconnect you with your ‘playful and happy self’ and inspire you, going forward, to live life to the fullest.
Playfulness. Vitality. Strength. Joy.
As featured @ the Burtown house, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Photographed in situ on location.
Latest commission finished, with such lovely feedback....
“Oh... she is beautiful – and I love the story!
This is just going to be amazing – so very very amazing! I’m am going to have a permanent memory of my girls every day I come to work!
This will truly be a beautiful legacy for the 2017 cohort to be proud of! ..... Meg “ (Deputy principal ~ St Aidan's girl school, Australia)
Henley festival, oxfordshire, UK:
Five days of celebrating art and music.
'The Irish Times' ~ 'new to the parish' article published.
It was a lovely opportunity to tell my story about being new to Ireland and settling in and ‘finding my tribe’.
I received an amazing reaching out of other women who wanted to connect with their own similar story:
in the studio:
Preparation, as a feature artist for the 'Henley Festival' (5 to 9 July) starts. Henley Festival is a boutique event taking place over five days celebrating the best of UK & international music and arts at a quintessential British location. In 2017 Henley Festival and The Children’s Society continue to work in partnership to bring the inspiration of the arts and vital support to many of the hundreds of thousands of children who care for their parents and family members.
Australian pop-up exhibition
Happiest of days, the smallest details ~ memories and emotions, feel eternally entwined.
Play is the word I come back to again and again. Spending my childhood poring over the pages of Alice in Wonderland, Lion, witch & wardrobe, Enid Blyton books, and playing outdoors. It’s the sculpture I create coloured in happiness.
"I think there are aspects of being a child that are too good to lose as you grow up.”